"States have a positive duty to facilitate and protect the exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. This duty should be reflected in the legislative framework and relevant law enforcement regulations and practices. It includes a duty to facilitate assemblies at the organizer’s preferred location and within ‘sight and sound’ of the intended audience. The duty to protect also involves the protection of assembly organizers and participants from third party individuals or groups who seek to undermine their right to freedom of peaceful assembly."
DocumentOSCE (ODIHR), CoE (Venice Commission): Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (Third Edition), para. 22
- Everyone has the right to security of the person without arbitrary arrest or detention.
- States have a duty to protect the fundamental human rights of all within their jurisdiction.
- The state is obliged to provide and to cover costs related to the holding of assemblies in public spaces, including security, medical care, and cleaning.
- All forms of peaceful assembly are protected, including online meetings and online activities to plan, organize, and mobilize for assemblies.
- Freedom of assembly must be respected in the context of political rallies and meetings.